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The 2022 “Coolest Thing Made in Arkansas” Champion: High Mobility Artillery Rocket System https://www.coolestthinginarkansas.com

Ukraine thinks it’s pretty cool, too.

This provides decent paying working class jobs, as well as stock holder profits. Hopefully, because of security concerns they will be allowed to hire Americans first, and not H1B or other foreigners first, as is the case at most companies and universities.

Acquisition Leaders Visit HIMARS, GMLRS Facilities
Aug. 29, 2022 |DOD News |

Lockheed Martin facilities in Camden, Arkansas are part of a critical regional aerospace and defense ecosystem throughout Southern Arkansas.

William LaPlante, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Doug Bush, visited critical manufacturing facilities in Camden, Arkansas responsible for producing High Mobility Rocket Systems and Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

In working to strengthen partnerships with industry, LaPlante highlighted opportunities to address complex production requirements and issues of obsolescence, as well as to speed contracting processes.

“We have received nearly $400 million dollars to replenish HIMARS and GMLRS in DOD stocks,” LaPlante said. “In addition, we are planning nearly $200 million to expand and accelerate production and are anticipating contract awards this fall and early next year.”

The visit followed the announcement of nearly $3B in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, released Wednesday. As the largest support package to date, it represents a sustainable, multi-year investment in critical capabilities to ensure Ukraine can continue to defend itself over the long term. Unlike the Presidential Drawdown, which DOD has continued to leverage to deliver equipment to Ukraine from DOD stocks at a historic pace, USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities from industry.

We will continue to closely consult with Ukraine on capability needs — and as President Biden has said, our goal is straightforward: The United States wants to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression,” LaPlante said. “In all of these efforts, I hope it is clear there is, and will continue to be, a strong demand signal for all of our partners in industry.”

LaPlante and Bush also took the opportunity to recognize the significance of the workforce, highlighting the impact their efforts are having on the battlefield. Currently, Ukraine is effectively employing the lightweight mobile launchers and precision-strike munitions produced in Camden facilities to target key Russian capabilities as well as logistics and command and control nodes”.
ukraine response, acquisition, sustainment, technology

Missiles for HIMARS, air defense: US announces $275M in military aid to Ukraine Dec. 09 2022, The United States has prepared a new military aid package for Ukraine, which includes missiles for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), ammunition for artillery, as well as new capabilities to boost Ukraine’s air defenses https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3631241-missiles-for-himars-air-defense-us-announces-275m-in-military-aid-to-ukraine.html

Four more HIMARS delivered to Ukraine
12.10.2022 06:52 https://www.ukrinform.net A new batch of HIMARS systems has already been delivered from the USA to Ukraine. “4 additional HIMARS from our U.S. partners have arrived! I thank U.S. President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III & the American people. HIMARS time: good time for Ukrainians and bad time for the occupiers. Great news on the eve of Ramstein 6, where I’m going tomorrow. There will be more,” Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov posted on Twitter https://twitter.com/oleksiireznikov/status/1579935298225831937 According to The New York Times, Ukraine currently has 16 HIMARS systems provided by the USA and 10 MLRS systems provided by other allies
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy handed President Biden a medal from the Ukrainian captain of a HIMARS battery” 22/12/2022  armysos, Kyiv https://armysosukraine.ie/volodymyr-zelenskyy-handed-president-biden-a-medal-from-the-ukrainian-captain-of-a-himars-battery/